Hit-and-run victim operated on in US

PHILIPSBURG–The young man R.L.B. born in Barbados and a resident of Tortola had no idea that he would be in and out of a coma when he visited St. Maarten last month and was the victim of a hit-and-run on Welfare Road in the vicinity of Topper’s restaurant on April 28.

The Daily Herald understands that he had to undergo two surgeries in the United States on Monday. According to a family member, both surgeries went well and he returned from the operations late Monday.

The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) result shows that there is bleeding on his right side of his brain, which controls mobility of the left side of the body. Doctors told the family there might be some deficit with his left side and based on observations, the victim is more active on the right side of his body with his fidgeting and movements.

The doctors did inform family members that this prognosis is not confirmed 100 per cent, as they want to do some further tests. However, he did open his eyes fully on Tuesday for the first time since the accident and when the nurse came in and called his name, his eyes followed her across the room.

The family member said, “He did not speak and then he later closed back his eyes. Let’s continue to pray for him and wish that the bleeding stops and that there is no negative fallout to this accident.”

The St. Maarten Police Traffic Department is still investigating the accident and hopes to arrest the person responsible for it soon. The victim was crossing the street and was struck by a private vehicle with French licence plate. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and continued driving toward Simpson Bay.

As this investigation continues, the police are asking those persons who were in the vicinity at the time of the accident to get in contact with Traffic Department as soon as possible by calling 542-2222 extension 241 or the Emergency Dispatch by dialling 911.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/76411-hit-and-run-victim-operated-on-in-us